FROM the DIRECTOR
I am exceptionally pleased to announce that PCK has been named a 2017 Colorado School of Character by Character.org. Following a rigorous application and evaluation process, PCK’s character program was evaluated according to 11 principles of character, and this recognition affirms we are on the right track with our character-building efforts. Character.org’s recognition of PCK also means we have clearly demonstrated an ability to leverage character development to drive positive impacts in academics, student behavior, and our school’s climate.
The PCK Character Team, along with the PCK SAC, worked jointly to prepare for this application process over an 18 month period. The rigorous application process provided a wonderful opportunity for us to examine our own practices and priorities as it relates to the charter education of our students, and we found clear strengths and areas of relative weakness that we will strive to improve going forward. Along, with this state level recognition, we are moving forward in the process of evaluation for designation as National School of Character —This will involve a site visit sometime this month. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, we are proud to be named a 2017 Colorado School of Character!
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
2/15 & 2/16
1:00 dismissal both days
Conference sign ups will open Tuesday, Feb 7th. Watch for email and link on the front page of the website.
(If you have gained access to the signup sheets early, we will be clearing your appointment time and you will need to sign up on Tuesday morning – please respect our time frame for sign ups).
PE this Month
As part of an ongoing unit in the Month of February in the Elementary School Physical Education classes, Mr. Bauer, Mr. Cruz, and Mr. Minshall have partnered with The AHA and Jump Rope for Heart to bring PCK students the knowledge and joy of being physically active and fit. In celebration of this we would like the students to take part in two $5 Donation Dress Down Days to celebrate the end of their Jump Rope for Heart Unit. All Students K-8 may donate and dress down on the two days, donating $5 per day to the American Heart Association. We ask students to please follow dress down day rules and guidelines. Jump Rope Dress Down Days are as follows:
All Grades Wednesday Feb 22, 2017
All Grades Thursday Feb 23, 2017
If you are willing, please allow your child(ren) to dress down on both days and give a small donation to benefit the AHA. All donations will be collected by the classroom teachers, and delivered to the PE teachers.
Thank you for your help in this process!
Mr. Bauer, Mr. Cruz, and Mr. Minshall
Girls Soccer Coach Needed
Soccer season is almost upon us and we are in desperate need of a girls coach for the spring. Please contact Mr. Cruz if you are interested.
Hollywood Night Out
Saturday, February 4th
Mad Science After School Enrichment (K-5)
Series Code: PCKN007
Class Day: Wednesdays
Class Time: 3:10 – 4:15 PM
Dates: 2/22 – 4/12/17 (skip 3/22/17)
Register online at www.colorado.madscience.org
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a reading challenge where students are required to read ten different books and then answer questions about the novels. Last Wednesday, January 25th, 20 students participated in our PCK Battle of the Books. All of the students worked very hard and have been practicing for months to prepare. The third and fourth grade teams faced off against each other in a very close and exciting competition. Fourth grade won by just eight points. The fifth and sixth grade teams competed next, and the fifth grade team had a decisive victory over their sixth grade rivals. The two winning teams then proceeded to the next level of competition at the Lone Tree Library. Both teams went up against teams from Redstone Elementary last night. Our 4th graders won with a score of 49 to 35 and our 5th graders won with a score of 56 to 21.
The following students participated in the in-school battles:
3rd Grade: Carly Anderson, Ryker Blom, Emily Hoer, Kellen Martin, and Jaydeen Post (Alternates Jocelyn Buswell and Josiah John)
4th Grade: Ellie Dermer, Ruth Saba, Zander Sayatovic, Ruby Stewart, and Zoe Warr (Alternates: Abby Weddig, McKinley Haycraft, and Levi Brzuziwski)
5th Grade: Gustav Blom, Neeil Gupta, Sam Koch, Noah Williams, and Paxton Wright (Alternates: Brady Martin and Mohnish Vairavan)
6th Grade: Asher Anderson, Kendall Kersey, Eshaan Sharma, Seth Taylor, and Luke Treadwell (Alternates: Alex Hathaway and Samantha Manlapig)
STEM Challenge with LEGO
at Parker Core Knowledge
Fridays, Feb 3rd – March 31st
Next Spirit Night
Wednesday, Feb 22nd
11:00 – 8:00 pm
18741 Ponderosa Dr.
8th Grade Graduation Fundraiser
“LOCK IN” YOUR LEGACY AT PCK!
|As a member of the PCK community, your family can support the middle school locker program, which began in 2011 when lockers were added as part of the school’s expansion. The funding for the lockers in the middle school came from donations given by PCK families, but there is still an opportunity for you to contribute. A donation of $150 covers the cost of one locker. In honor of your support and generosity, an engraved plate, with your family name, will be placed on one of the lockers and will remain there as a lasting reminder of your family’s contribution to PCK. Locker plates are reserved on a “first come first served” basis. Once they are all full there will be no more.|
Please use this link to make your locker donation through The Foundation at PCK:
Questions? Email Mary Mockus – Mary@Reactionweb.com
Just a reminder: yearbook deadline is fast approaching! Please take the time to upload your pictures to our school’s sharing website ASAP. Or, if you have trouble uploading, you can also email 3-4 pictures to Joey Dame directly (email@example.com). Without pictures, we won’t have much of a yearbook!
Windows Live I.D.: PCKPhotos@hotmail.com